Delegates to the 73rd session of the Arab League Council which opened in the Tunisian capital of Tunis on Sunday (23 March) were warned of the necessity of keeping Egypt isolated from the Arab world.
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Background: Delegates to the 73rd session of the Arab League Council which opened in the Tunisian capital of Tunis on Sunday (23 March) were warned of the necessity of keeping Egypt isolated from the Arab world.
The League's Secretary General, M. Chedli Klibi of Tunisia, in his opening address reaffirmed the Council's close ties with the Egyptian people, but again condemned the Cairo government for its accords with Israel.
SYNOPSIS: The Hilton Hotel in Tunis, rather than Cairo has been the centre of the League's activities since med-1979 when relations mellowed between Israel and Egypt, Twenty states, plus the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, belong to the Arab League.
Amongst the issues to be discussed include the questions not only of the normalisation of relations between Egypt and Israel, but the future of funds to the League through Egyptian banks.
Another more specific question arises from the installation of an Egyptian Ambassador in Jerusalem and the arrival of the Israeli ambassador in Cairo.
General issues of concern are the possibilities of Israel's diplomatic overtures in some African states, and the Arab League's own efforts to create a climate of co-operation with individual African administrations.